June 2018

‘Devious’ couple jailed for horrific list of injuries to baby boy after trying to blame each other

A “devious” couple have been jailed for more than six years in total after trying to blame each other over the horrific physical abuse of a baby.

With deliberately inflicted injuries that would have caused him to “scream out” in pain, the three-month-old infant was found with a broken arm, a broken rib, a broken left thigh and a broken left shin.

Mum Orsolya Repasi, 26, and Tamas Nemet, 34, denied any wrongdoing and blamed each other for the fractures.

The fractures were only discovered after the baby was taken to a doctor with a “limp” left arm.

This was described as “excruciatingly painful to the touch”

But they were both convicted by a jury on Friday of causing or allowing a child to suffer serious physical harm after a nine-day trial at Hull Crown Court, although it may never be known which of them actually caused the injuries.

The case was so harrowing that a juror cried as the pair were sentenced by Judge David Tremberg.

They had heard that the arm injury was a spiral fracture – caused by “twisting”, possibly when the boy was “yanked up” – while the break to the 11th right rib was caused by “squeezing” the chest so hard the ribs would have almost touched the backbone.

Neither defendant – who were both seen smiling and laughing outside court – showed any remorse or any emotion when the verdicts were delivered.

The judge told them: “In some cruelty cases the defendants are individuals who themselves have significant personal limitations by reason, for example, of extreme youth, or by reason of cognitive deficits or learning difficulties. That is not the case here.

“Both of you are not unintelligent; you are articulate, devious and dishonest, and entirely lacking in remorse and bent on self-preservation.”

The couple, who have since separated, were both originally from Hungary – where Nemet had a previous conviction from 2006 for harming a baby girl, who suffered a fractured skull, a broken rib, black eyes and other injuries.

He received a suspended sentence from a district court in Hungary for endangering a child and causing grievous bodily harm by negilgence.

Judge Tremberg said he could not recall a case where a defendant had two similar convictions.

Repasi, of Rosmead Street, east Hull, had told the jury she had not known about Nemet’s previous conviction when they began their relationship, which started when she was already pregnant with another man’s child.

She and Nemet concealed the baby’s birth from his natural father.

The judge told them: “Your cavalier attitude to the truth and to this boy’s welfare was a pattern which was repeated in the circumstances of this offence itself, and in your attitude to these proceedings.

“At first you closed ranks and lied to protect one another, until it became clear that position was wholly untenable, and then your desire for self-preservation took over, and you started to blame one another instead, which was on the evidence the only defence realistically left open to you.

The judge said of the abuse: “On the unchallenged medical evidence, each injury required the separate use of excessive force to inflict it, and each injury would have caused the child immediate and extreme pain, causing him to scream out and be extremely distressed for up to half an hour.

“On the jury’s verdict, you each of you knew that one or both of you had caused this suffering and you failed to intervene to stop it.”

Repasi had told the jury she had always wanted to be a mother.

But they later heard that even during supervised contact with the baby after his injuries were discovered she “continued to lack a clear understanding of the child’s obvious needs”.

Nemet, also of Rosmead Street, was jailed for three years and six months, and Repasi for three years.